Karen Moss

Professor of Teaching, Critical Studies

Karen Moss

Karen Moss, is an art historian, curator and educator whose expertise includes contemporary art, curatorial studies, and social practices. As a curator she has organized exhibitions, artists’ residencies, performances, public programs and pedagogical projects locally, nationally and internationally.   

Currently, Moss is curating a retrospective of Alison Knowles, the last living core member of Fluxus that will tour in the US and Europe. She is consulting curator for Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism (2017-18) part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA and co-curated State of Mind: New Art from California Circa 1970 for the Getty’sPST LA initiative (2010-13). For the CURRENT: LA Public Art Biennial (2016), Moss curated projects with Mel Chin and Rirkrit Tiranvanija, among others.    

Moss has held senior curatorial positions at Orange County Museum of Art; San Francisco Art Institute, and Walker Art Center. Earlier in her career she was assistant curator at MOCA, Los Angeles and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Moss has a B.A. in studio art and art history from U.C. Santa Cruz, and received her MA and PhD in art history at USC. She is a frequent guest lecturer and has authored many essays for museum exhibition, arts publications, and scholarly journals. 

Email moss@usc.edu